U.S. News Names 2011 Best Car For the Money Winners

U.S. News, a publisher that focuses on college, grad school, hospital, mutual fund and car rankings, has revealed its list of 2011 vehicles that it considers the best for the money. U.S. News combined its rankings with five-year total cost of ownership data from to determine the 2011 winners.

U.S. News Cars says its 2011 list of winners highlight vehicles that receive good reviews and provide lower than average ownership costs. The third annual awards were given to 18 vehicles.

"The most intriguing thing about the award winners is how diverse they are," said Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor for U.S. News Cars. "No single automaker has a lock on long-term value. In fact, there are a number of surprising winners that should be on the short list of any new car buyer."

2011 Best Car for the Money winners (by segment):
Subcompact Cars: Ford Fiesta
Compact Cars: Honda Civic
Hatchbacks: Honda Fit
Midsize Cars: Chevrolet Malibu
Family Sedans: Ford Taurus
Upscale Compact Cars: Volkswagen GTI
Upscale Sedans: Buick Regal
Hybrid Cars: Toyota Prius
Sports Cars: Mazda MX-5 Miata
Compact Crossover/SUVs: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Midsize Crossover/SUVs: Chevrolet Traverse
Full-Size SUVs: Chevrolet Tahoe
Luxury Compact Crossover/SUVs: Infiniti EX35
Luxury Midsize Crossover/SUVs: Lexus RX 350
Minivans: Kia Sedona
Wagons: Hyundai Elantra Touring
Compact Pickup Trucks: Suzuki Equator
Full-Size Pickup Trucks: Chevrolet Silverado 1500